The Smart Energy Collective Initiates Design of Five Smart Grid Projects

Twenty six partners of the Smart Energy Collective have signed a renewed co-operation agreement for the approval of the second phase of its smart grid initiative, which involves the development of five large-scale smart grid demonstration projects in the Netherlands. The signing follows a successful preparation period, and marks the start of the actual design … Read more

Wind Delivers Record Energy Levels in Ireland

The growing importance of wind as a key energy resource for Ireland was reaffirmed recently as a record power output level of 1,323 megawatts – enough to power more than 850,000 homes – was recorded, the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has revealed. According to figures available from Eirgrid, the new record was achieved on … Read more

Ofgem Proposes Radical Overhaul of UK Energy Supply Market

UK energy market regulator Ofgem is proposing sweeping away complex and unfair pricing practices and requiring the ‘big six’ energy suppliers to auction up to 20% of their electricity generation output following a major review of the sector. Ofgem’s review found that competition is being stifled by a combination of tariff complexity, poor supplier behaviour, … Read more

Bord Gais Opens New €400 Million Power Plant in Cork

Bord Gais has officially opened its first major electricity generating station at Whitegate in Cork. The 445 megawatts gas-fired Whitegate Power Plant is one of the most efficient electricity generation facilities in the world today and is a key strategic development for Bord Gais. It is also a key development for the State as it … Read more

SSE and GE Sign Service Agreement For Wind Turbines Fleet

SSE Generation, the power generating business of SSE, the second largest electricity generator across the UK and Ireland, has signed a comprehensive and flexible service agreement with GE. The ten years contract covers SSE’s fleet of 127 GE wind turbines in operation across the UK and Ireland. The new agreement will provide a wide range … Read more

GT Energy Makes Planning Application For €30 Million Geothermal Energy Plant

GT Energy, the Irish company specialising in the harnessing of deep geothermal energy for the production of renewable heat and electricity, has lodged a planning application with South Dublin County Council for a geothermal power plant on a site at Greenogue Business Park in Newcastle, South County Dublin. Geothermal energy is a natural renewable heat … Read more

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

Vattenfall, one of the leading European energy companies, has officially opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm. The Thanet Offshore Wind Farm, located off England’s south east coast, has 100 turbines and will generate electricity equivalent to the annual consumption of over 200,000 British households. To Vattenfall wind power is an important part of the … Read more

Update on Proposed Waste to Energy Facility at Poolbeg, Dublin

Dublin City Council has issued a statement reaffirming that is has been, and remains, in a contractual position for the provision of a waste-to-energy facility at Poolbeg to deal with Dublin’s residual waste into the future. The Dublin Waste to Energy project contract is in line with current EU and Irish Government waste policy. The … Read more